Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Over my past 6 years leading Educate78, I have been grateful to collaborate with so many educators, families, and community leaders as we have worked towards an Oakland in which all children, regardless of race, class and zip code, can realize their full potential.
Although we are sunsetting most of Educate78’s historical work, I’m proud of everything that we have accomplished together: more families with a seat at the table; better use of data to inform policy decisions; some redesigned and new schools; more attention on teacher wellness and engagement; a more family-friendly enrollment system; and improved literacy instruction. And, I’m just as proud of the way we did it: putting families at the center; bringing people to work together; resourcing those directly affected to take action on their own behalf; supporting our extraordinary leaders like Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell; nurturing educators with opportunities for learning and growth; and being purposeful about taking an antiracist stance with every action.
Oakland has always been an especially creative, entrepreneurial, resilient, and values-driven community. During our time as Educate78, our team worked hard to build on the contributions of those who preceded us, and so we have pulled together some resources from our work that may be helpful for those creating new solutions to long-standing inequities.
I am excited about a new day in which antiracist literacy leaders create school communities in which all students thrive. I hope you will continue to collaborate with us as Leadership for Liberation, under Daneen Keaton’s resolute and visionary leadership.
I am stepping away for a moment, but I look forward to many future years of collaborating with all of you on behalf of Oakland children.
With Love and Respect,